Monday, April 22, 2013


Here's an oddity: BEDTIME STORIES A PUPPET STORY BOARDBOOK. Illustrations copyright 1970/1981 by Tadasu Izawa and Shigemi Hijikat, published by Little, Brown.

There are three stories.

  • The Little Old Woman has, I am sorry to say, no third act. She purchases a bone (from a spooky vendorless cart) and then her house becomes haunted. The story ends with her screaming.
  • The Wonderful Pot: the lesson here is if you are going to have a Magic Pot in the house, it's best if EVERYONE knows how to use the thing.
  • The Friendly Raindrops is just silly. The corn involved in this story is obviously not Monsanto corn.

All of these are done in those 3D puppets, like what you would see in a Rankin-Bass TV special. Rankin-Bass has its fans -- but to me the character design is creepy.

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